Hudson River Rail Crossing to Become World’s Longest Pedestrian Span

A final design has been released that would convert what had once been the longest bridge in the world from a railroading landmark to the world's longest pedestrian bridge. It is the 6,760-ft long Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River and connects Poughkeepsie with the town of Lloyd. It has lain dormant since a fire in 1974. Now, trail advocates and parks agencies have come together to create a plan that will convert the bridge's rail deck to a surface amenable to walkers and bicyclists and tie into existing trail systems. The bridge's structural elements are described, along with the various steps needed to effect the conversion. Plans began in earnest in 1995, with Walkway Over the Hudson assuming ownership and raising money for engineering studies. With funding commitments in place, work is scheduled to start the summer of 2008 and be completed by September 2009.


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  • Accession Number: 01095726
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2008 4:14PM